Kingman Regional Medical Center offers new support groups

KINGMAN - Kingman Regional Medical Center is offering two new support groups in 2011.

The first is a fibromyalgia and arthritis support group. The meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month at the Del Webb Wellness Center Conference room from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fibromyalgia affects the muscles and soft tissue. Its symptoms include chronic pain in the muscles, fatigue, sleep problems and painful tender points or trigger points at certain parts of the body.

For more information about this support group, contact Ruth Holstead at (928) 692-4600.

The second program is a new Parkinson's Pro-Active Support Group. Parkinson's disease is a disorder of certain nerve cells in the brain that normally produce a chemical called dopamine, which helps the brain direct and control movement. In Parkinson's disease, these dopamine-producing nerve cells break down, causing dopamine levels to drop and affecting the brain signals that direct movement. Meeting topics will include swallowing, speech, balance and fall prevention. For more information, contact Linda at (928) 692-5640.